Matt Calderwood, Stephanie Mann and Josep Maynou explore the aesthetics and humour found within states of imminent collapse at ‘If I do nothing, nothing does’

by Brit Es Magazine

Exhibition: ‘If I do nothing’ (Matt Calderwood, Stephanie Mann and Josep Maynou) curated by Luz Massot

At SCAN Project Room. From 19 April until 20 May 2018. London.

It has been observed that a condition of impending doom haunts millennial culture. How quickly the dark omens become real (or unreal or are for now deferred) remains to be seen. There is a kind of anxiety in a state of negative anticipation, and yet a dark pleasure, but it is evident we feel ourselves at a threshold. The aim of this exhibition is to stimulate a mutual energy, a static spark in still air like a state of expectation or risk.

Artists Matt Calderwood (United Kingdom), Stephanie Mann (United Kingdom) and Josep Maynou (Spain/ Germany) explore the aesthetics and humour found within states of imminent collapse. The selected videos and sculpture pose antonym pairings – balance / unbalance, start / stop, work / play – suggesting games of resistance that let slip the dualisms, the contradictions, the instabilities and the vulnerabilities of action, and in the end challenging such dualisms entirely. In diverse materials and processes, using chance and possibility, the artists create situations destined to fail, fall and topple over into constituent parts and potentials. This is the process of life.

‘If I do nothing’, nothing does takes its title from the last line of the poem Mexican Loneliness by Jack Kerouac. Kerouac sketches a state of existential emotional conflict of in which doing and not doing blur in an extended moment of anticipation, state of about-to-be. Mexican Loneliness is a part of a larger work, Mexico City Blues, written between 1954 and 1957 and published in 1959. In art, as in life, not everything unbalanced is unbeautiful.

Exhibition curated by Luz Massot.


Matt Calderwood (b. 1975, Northern Ireland) studied Fine Art at the University of Sunderland. Recent solo exhibitions include More or Less There, 1916 Projects, Singapore (2017), and MATT CALDERWOOD, HS projects, Howick Place, London.

Stephanie Mann, graduated from Edinburgh College of Art MFA in 2013 and is currently based in Edinburgh. She has undertaken commissions from The BBC as part of the Edinburgh International Art Festival and has work in the Royal Scottish Academy collections.

Josep Maynou (b.1981, based in Berlin) studied Fine Arts at UB (Barcelona), Faculta de Belas Artes Porto (Porto) and Middlesex University (London). Josep has shown his work internationally in places such as University of Oxford (UK), PS122 (NYC), Material art fair (Mexico City), Louis 21 (Palma de Mallorca), Galerie Suvi Lehtinen and Transmediale (Berlin), among others.

Image © Matt Calderwood, Found Objects, Untitled (high+bounce)

If I do nothing (Matt Calderwood, Stephanie Mann and Josep Maynou)
SCAN Project Room, 19 Herald St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6JT
From 19 April until 20 May 2018  (Wed – Sun 12:00 – 18:00)

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